1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet Overview


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1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet Overview

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1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet

Harder to say and more obscure than a Rabbit, the 1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet is basically a Rabbit convertible with a new name that trills off the tongue with a strangely French lilt.  Actually, Cabriolet is a French word for a horse-drawn carriage with a fold-down top, so it's the perfect name for this two-door convertible.  

No longer drawn by horses, the 1985 Cabriolet is powered by a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder, 90-hp engine paired with a standard 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 3-speed automatic.  It's not a racer by any means, but a perky around-town convertible to soak up the summer sun.  Described as "cute" this 1985 Cabriolet offers front-wheel drive and basic standard features inside, such as a radio and bucket seats.  Ostensibly seating four (if you have small legs in the back), it's a good car for cruising teenagers or college kids out for some carefree fun.

Drivers feel the 1985 Cabriolet is fairly spright, with decent acceleration and easy handling.  Fuel economy can't be beat for 1985, with this convertible getting around 23/25 mpg.  Some negative comments concerned the amount of costly repairs.


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